Helping your pets avoid picking up parasites is an important element of keeping them healthy. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, and internal parasites are common sources of diseases in animals. They also cause your pet discomfort.
Your pet’s lifestyle can affect their exposure to these parasites, and is an important consideration in managing his or her exposure to potential infection. An indoor cat, for example, is at significantly less risk for these parasites than a dog who is free to roam his neighborhood would be.
Colorado is rated at a moderate risk for tick-borne diseases, and the risk of heartworm in the state increases each year. Parasites can also be zoonotic, meaning that they are able to be transferred to humans. This is an important consideration for families with young children or who have elderly parents living with them, as both groups have weaker immune systems and are more susceptible to infections. The importance of pet parasite management is magnified in these scenarios, so as to keep both your family and your pet healthy.
The good news is that exposure to these parasites can be managed very effectively through various prevention, screening, and treatment options. Our vets are well trained in pet parasite management, and are here to assist you with any questions or problems you may have regarding this issue.
If you feel your pet may have contracted a disease from a parasite, or have any further questions regarding your pet’s risk and treatment options, please consult with your veterinarian at your next appointment to determine the best course of action for keeping your pet happy, healthy, and safe.